Special teams player Ekejiuba says he has been released



Isaiah Ekejiuba’s introduction to football came when he answered an ad on a campus bulletin board for prospective players at the University of Virginia.

Ekejiuba said he knew nothing about the game at the time and spent most of his time tackling any player who got in his way until he grasped the nuances of the game.

A few years later, he was signed by the Raiders and carved out a nice career as a core special-teams player who tackled as well as anyone in the league. His Raiders career ended Thursday after five seasons, according to Ekejiuba on his Twitter account.

“Well, Raider Nation, it was fun while it lasted,” Ekejiuba said on his account. “Sure you’ll be hearing soon enough, I just got waived by the team. Thanx for all the support!”

For the second time today, we bring you Raiders-related news that the Raiders deemed unfit for them to announce. The move has not been acknowledged on their website, and Ekejiuba still is listed on their roster.

Ekejiuba’s listed position was linebacker. However, he spent most of his time on the field with the special teams units, where he developed into one of the league’s most effective players in that role.

The Raiders thought enough of Ekejiuba to keep him around for five seasons as a special-teamer. They also gave him a three-year contract last offseason. He earned a base salary of $1.2 million last season and was scheduled to earn $1.45 million this season and $1.5 million in 2011.

It’s possible that the Raiders are confident enough in the abilities of players such as Ricky Brown, Sam Williams, Travis Goethel, Stevie Brown, Jeremy Ware, Tyvon Branch and Jerome Boyd that they deemed Ekejiuba too expensive and, thereby, expendable.


Steve Corkran

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  • Juggernaut Index No. 29: The Oakland Raiders

    By Andy Behrens

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking of NFL teams for fantasy purposes. Repeat: FOR FANTASY PURPOSES. This is not an NFL power ranking. We’re not predicting wins and losses here. In fact, we don’t care about such things. Instead, we’re reviewing each team’s projected fantasy contributions — that’s it.

    There aren’t very many NFL cities where Jason Campbell(notes) would be welcomed as a franchise savior, but Oakland is unique. Raiders fans were subjected to spectacularly bad quarterback play last season, so the addition of a league-average signal caller is really a massive upgrade.

    Before we consider the outlook for Oakland’s offense in 2010, let’s take a moment to appreciate just how miserable JaMarcus Russell(notes) was last year. In his nine starts, Russell somehow finished with fewer than 130 passing yards seven times, and the Raiders averaged 9.8 total points per game. He completed only 48.8 percent of his passes in 2009 — easily the worst rate in the league — he lost six fumbles, he was intercepted 11 times, and he threw just three touchdown passes. The Raiders finally released him in early May, then filed a grievance against him later in the month to seek repayment of more than $9 million. And now, apparently, Russell has purple drank’d himself out of the league.

    So that’s a pretty bad year. It was virtually impossible to evaluate any of Oakland’s skill players last season because the quarterback situation was abysmal.

    We all know that Campbell has his flaws, of course. He has a disturbing tendency to make nothing out of something, opting for checkdowns (and sacks) when the game situation demands a downfield risk. But he’s also a legit NFL-quality quarterback, and JaMarcus simply was not. Campbell’s completion percentage has improved in each of his four seasons (64.5 last year), and he established new career-highs in quarterback rating (86.4), yards-per-attempt (7.1) and passing TDs (20) in 2009.

    Campbell still needs to officially win the starting job, but he’s competing against such luminaries as Kyle Boller(notes), Bruce Gradkowski(notes) and Charlie Frye(notes), so you should assume that he’ll be under center for the Raiders in Week 1. In terms of preparation and focus, he’s basically the anti-JaMarcus. Receiver Louis Murphy(notes) offered the following comments about Campbell in a two-part interview with Shutdown Corner:

    Playing with Jason Campbell has been a lift to the entire team. He’s a leader who commands the huddle, and he’s been through a few offenses, which is good because our offense is similar to ones he’s run. You [watch] him in meetings and he works really hard, and everyone’s working hard for him.

    In fact, Campbell has been asked to learn a new offense from a new coordinator in nearly every season of his college and pro career, so the current transition is just business as usual. He doesn’t lack arm strength, which means there’s hope for Oakland’s vertical passing game in the year ahead.

    The Raiders haven’t delivered a 1,000-yard wideout (or even a 750-yard wideout) since Randy Moss(notes) in 2005, but we saw flashes of playmaking ability from both Murphy and Chaz Schilens(notes) last year. Those two combined for three scores in the fourth quarter of that surreal Week 13 win against Pittsburgh. Murphy impressed in his first NFL season, especially when you consider the team context, but Schilens appears to have the higher fantasy ceiling. Chaz has ideal size (6-4, 225) and his measurables basically grade out at mutant/superhero level (4.38 speed, 43-inch vertical). He’s a nice late-round flier, although clearly none of Oakland’s wide receivers are ideal Week 1 fantasy starters.

    Darrius Heyward-Bey(notes) and rookie Jacoby Ford(notes) both have ridiculous speed — Ford crushed the field in the 40-yard dash at the combine (4.28) — so they can’t be completely dismissed as threats. There’s been plenty of Heyward-Bey offseason propaganda, but he’s exactly the sort of player who should be great in non-contact situations. When the hitting starts, we’ll see how much progress he’s actually made. DHB caught only nine passes on 40 targets as a rookie; we should all be skeptical.

    When all the stats are finally in, Zach Miller will probably lead the Raiders in receptions and yardage once again. He’s been a reliable option in a hideous offense since entering the league, and he’s now paired with a quarterback who, despite his various shortcomings, has always targeted the tight end position. Miller placed 12th in the initial Yahoo! composite TE ranks — and he’ll probably drop a spot or two when my colleagues properly rate John Carlson(notes) — but that says more about the depth at the position than it does about the player himself. There’s certainly reason to be optimistic about Miller in 2010.

    The one aspect of the Raiders’ offense that hasn’t been a total embarrassment recently is the ground game. Oakland finished 10th in the league in rushing in 2008, and they surely would have placed higher than No. 21 last season if Michael Bush(notes) (4.8 YPC) would have received a greater share of the workload. Instead, Justin Fargas(notes) and Darren McFadden(notes) combined for 233 carries at 3.6 yards a pop. Fargas is out of the mix this season, while the well-compensated McFadden returns. Everyone knows that D-Mac has excellent speed (4.33), but he’s been a tentative, fumbly, injury-prone back over two NFL seasons.

    Oakland head coach Tom Cable reportedly intends to form a Bush/McFadden backfield committee this year — “I actually think they’re both (No. 1s),” he said in June. (And apparently no one laughed). If that’s going to be the arrangement, expect Bush to take the goal line work. By the time draft day arrives, he’ll likely emerge as the fantasy community’s preferred choice. In my early industry drafts, Bush has been selected somewhere in the Round 6-8 range, typically (though not always) ahead of McFadden.

    You’re not going to own the Oakland defense in fantasy leagues, obviously. That unit gave up 23.7 points and 361.9 total yards per game last year, and they ranked 29th in rushing yards allowed (155.5). The Raiders addressed the D admirably on draft day, however, selecting LB Rolando McClain(notes) with the eighth overall pick and DL Lamarr Houston(notes) at No. 44. McClain and safety Tyvon Branch(notes) (124 tackles in ’09) are the two Oakland IDPs you’ll want to own. Nnamdi Asomugha(notes) is a brilliant corner, but he isn’t targeted often enough for fantasy purposes; over the past three seasons he’s averaged just 36 tackles and one INT per year.

    And that’s pretty much everything we care to say about Oakland. The early schedule appears friendly (at TEN, STL, at ARI, HOU), so there’s a chance that this season will begin in a not-entirely-terrible way. If you’re sipping the silver and black drank, please comment…

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    Raiders signed third round OT Jared Veldheer to a four-year contract.
    Veldheer is going to his chance to protect the Raiders new QB Jason Campbell. The Raiders needed serious help on the offensive line and helped their cause by drafting Veldheer and Campbell. Both linemen are athletic freaks, which is why it is no shock that they ended up in Oakland

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    Obama lectures us from Mt. Olympus on matters of race, but his own racial record is dubious at best. He sat under Jeremiah Wright for 20 years, in spite of Wright’s racist rhetoric and support for notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan. Candidate Obama accused his opponents of pointing out that he does not look like the Presidents on our currency. In truth, nobody cares that he doesn’t look like George Washington, but we would be pleased for him to govern with a similar wisdom, integrity and restraint.

    It was Obama who quoted Wright admiringly in his book, The Audacity of Hope, “white folks greed runs a world in need.” Recently his administration dropped charges of voter intimidation against the virulently racist New Black Panther Party even though the Justice Department has already won the case. Based on his writings and past associations, the President is not post-racial, but race obsessed. Like his mentors and leftists colleagues, he believes that our country is essentially racist, particularly its “white folks.”

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    Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, the longest-serving senator in American history, died Monday at the age of 92, a spokesman for the family said.

    Byrd, a Democrat who served in the U.S. Senate since 1959, had been plagued by health problems in recent years and was confined to a wheelchair. He had skipped several votes in Congress in the past months.

    Jesse Jacobs, a family spokesman, said Byrd died peacefully at about 3 a.m. at Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Va.

    So ends the life of Robert C. Byrd.

    As Ted Kennedy was a symbol of the moral rot within the modern Democratic Party, the career of Robert Byrd is a manifestation of a distinctly American type of political corrosion. Much is made of the fact that Byrd was the longest serving member of the Senate in US history. Why is that such a magnificent accomplishment? It only means he was able to win a bunch of popularity contests over the years. If Darth Vader gave away $3.3 billlion in other people’s money to West Virginia, he’d be awfully popular with the voters as well.

    You know who else polls really well, year after year, without fail? Santa Claus. Why? Because he gives away free toys and all you have to do is behave yourself and you get a first class ticket on the Christmas gravy train. Unlike jolly ol’ Saint Nick, Robert Byrd’s pork masquerading as generosity came directly from the US taxpayers. It’s quite easy to be Mister Awesomely Popular when there is never some federally subsidized boondoggle you’ll say no to.

    It would’ve taken real leadership for Senator Byrd to tell his constituents that they can’t have their cake (paid for by the other 49 states) and eat it too. He probably wouldn’t have every left-wing douche fighting to fellate him for the last 50 years. He might’ve lost an election and go back into private life. Perhaps he would not have been able to create a Senatorial fiefdom based on ring-kissing patronage and barely concealed graft. Then again, he might instead be remembered as a responsible steward of taxpayer money. It’s not nearly as sexy as ‘longest sitting Senator evah’, but it would be a far more respectable legacy.

    Let us not forget the overarching American concern over racism and Robert Byrd’s role in the evolution of racial policies in the nation. The Senator was a former member of the KKK, but continued to kiss their asses for years after he supposedly left the group.

    The ex-Klansman allegedly ended his ties with the group in 1943. He may have stopped paying dues, but he continued to pay homage to the KKK. Republicans in West Virginia discovered a letter Sen. Byrd had written to the Imperial Wizard of the KKK three years after he says he abandoned the group. He wrote: “The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia” and “in every state in the Union.”

    …The ex-Klansman vowed never to fight “with a Negro by my side. Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.”

    Although he later denounced the Ku Klux Klan, his renunciation didn’t stop him from fillibustering the 1964 Civil Rights Act. He also had a habit of opposing black Supreme Court nominations; both Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas got the thumbs down from Senator Byrd, which makes his opposition to them seem less about ideological differences and more about personal animus towards African-Americans. Only in the soft-bigoted topsy-turvy bizarro world of the American progressive movement can a man with that kind of record of blatant racism rise to become the ‘conscience of the Senate’. The fact that such a rancorous bigot could soar to the heights of political grandeur is a testament the ‘power for power’s sake’ mentality within the contemporary Left.

    There will always be racists. There will forever be pockets of bigotry in America. People are born flawed and unfortunately racism is one of mankind’s unwashable sins. Hatemongers will be with us in one form or another till the end of time. But we don’t have to elevate racist dickbags like Senator Byrd to the pinnacle of American political life.

    Having said all that, surely Byrd’s family is mourning the loss of a towering figure in their lives. It is said that the Senator was a devoted family man and a born again Christian. These things do not erase his public legacy. But they are yet another sign that people are complicated creatures, capable of magnanimity, generosity and love or cruelty, selfishness and hate.

    It should also be noted that the Senator was ailing for quite some time. It is hoped that with his passing from this world, Mr. Byrd finds the comfort and grace of his Creator.

    Rest In Peace.

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    Lee Iacocca speaks out on Obama and the direction of the U.S..

    ‘Am I the only guy in this country who’s fed up with what’s happening? Where the hell is our outrage with this so called president? We should be screaming bloody murder! We’ve got a gang of tax cheating clueless leftists trying to steer our ship of state right over a cliff, we’ve got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can’t even run a ridiculous cash-for-clunkers program without losing $26 billion of the taxpayers’ money, much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, ‘trust me the economy is getting better..’